The American Racing Pigeon Union

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  2. May 8, 2013 10:53 pm

The American Racing Pigeon Union

Promoting The Sky’s Thoroughbreds

The American Racing Pigeon Union, also known as the AU, is an organization that develops and manages country-wide programs in the United States to protect and promote the sport of pigeon racing. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the union serves more than 10,000 members in the United States across eight zonal regions: Northwest, Pacific, Southwest, Plains, Lakes, Southeast, Mountain, and Northeast. Through the direct financial contribution of its members, the diverse board of directors and organization president maintain a fund that provides for various bird recovery programs, youth engagement opportunities in the sport, and research for participating hobbyists.

Some of the largest programs that the AU offers are their sanctioned races and shows, which involve strict adherence to the AU’s extensive competition and pedigree standards. In sponsoring these events, the AU is attempting to promote and maintain a larger field of pedigreed birds, breeders, and flyers without sacrificing the quality and high standards historically associated with the sport’s Euorpean roots and the first imported homing pigeons that arrived in America in the late nineteenth century.

In addition to these events, the AU is heavily involved in the banding and documenting of member homing pigeons. Their WinSpeed software enables breeders and bird owners to track data, access clocks for flight timing, enables race calculation, and allows other bird-related data to be stored. By promoting and distributing leg bands for hobbyist’s birds, the AU effectively maintains the nation’s sole database for major homing pigeon bloodlines, ensuring that generations to come will have access to this information to uphold a tradition of promoting the sky’s thoroughbreds.

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